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west african health ministers meet in ghana to discuss the growing ebola crisis. hello, you're with al jazeera, we are live in doha. also to come in the programme - new u.n. sanctions to try to staunch a flow of arms to libya as it teaters on the edge of civil war. in this courthouse in johannesburg, rwanda's president stands accused of hiring hit men to take out an ex-island
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general. america's latest shooting tragedy, a 9-year-old girl killing her instructor with an oozy. the heath ministers from across west africa are tu to meet in ghana to talk about a response to one of the world's worst ebola outbreaks. 2.5 thousand have died. health officials warn the worst is yet to come. the outbreak started in guinea, there has been 607 cases and 406 deaths since march. liberia recorded the greetest number, 1,082. of these 624 diet. >> in sierra leone - 910 caught the virus. 392 have died.
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nigeria recorded 16 cases, five deaths. erica woods report. >> reporter: now more than ever, doctor, disease experts, aid groups, the world over has stark warnings, it's no longer africa's problem. >> the world has never seen an outbreak of ebola like this. i wish is didn't have to say this, but it is going to get worse before it gets better. >> it will be some time before they get a handle on the virus. >> at the moment our leaders say that they estimate 6-9 months before the outbreak can be detained. you want no more cases of ebola. it's a long - it's a long halt, a long distance to go, unfortunately. >> the strain of ebola is killing more than half of those ipp sfected. it spread through contact with booedly flew its.
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there are controversial treatments, there's no known cures. the major battle has been educating the public and fighting the fear. the population is now afraid. they are asking for help. >> reporter: health workers trying to treat and cop tape the -- contain the outbreak are understaffed and under resourced and cannot keep up. >> the numbers are going up rapidly. faster than we thought, forcing us to adapt our plans and strategy on a daily basis. it's extremely challenging for everyone. we can do more than we are going now. the world health organisation says it's now helping 11 countries get ready for a spread of ebola inside the borders. mostly neighbouring countries by offering training and clothing. the message is clear. the response needs to come from not just africa, but the world
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over. >> now, a verdict is due in south africa in the trial of six men accused of trying to kill one of the rwandan's biggest critics. the president is accused of ordering the attempts on his life. we can go live to johannesburg. that is where this court case is taking place. tania page is the correspondent there. >> yes, this is the culmination of a trial that started nearly four years ago, that's been marred by several delays, and mired in controversy. three men from tanzania. throughout the trial there has been allegations and insinuations that the rwandan government, the president, is somehow involved. >> these men are accused of trying to kill the former chief of the rwandan army. the general. he accuses them of work are for
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the rwandan government, set to hunt down dissidents like him. he's under the protectionful south african security forces. it didn't stop two attempts on his life. in 2010 the attacks that the accused are charged over left his son holding blood stained clothing. police broke up another plot to kill him a year later. six months ago more armed men attacked his johannesburg house. the rwandan government and president denied the allegations. his lawyer accuses him of wanting revenge. >> he was addressings the parliament before the shooting say he'd use a hammer to kill a fly. what did he mean, giving the go ahead to anyone, intelligence officials to find a way out. to there's no doubt he is the one giving the orders. >> the past is controversial. he has denied accusations he's
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responsible for human rights abuses and linked to the genocide. the 20th anniversary of the genocide was commemorated in rain. the president denied involvement in the attacks on nooum assay and former intelligence chief, patrick, who was strangled in a hotel room this year. the security forces of several countries, including the u.k. and sweden warned rwandan exiles of threats against them, believed to be issued by the roou what happenedan government -- rwandan government. defendants don't know who ordered the attack, but they were approached by a rwandan. >> this criminal trial highlighted a rwandan past. there pay be enough evidence for a conviction, but the question of who is behind it all is unlikely to be aends. >> it seems the -- answered.
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>> it seems it is being played out on the streets of south africa. >> when can we expect a verdict in this trial? >> well, the verdict has been set down for two days. so we understand that the magistrate is going to do a lengthy summary, because, as i said, the trial has been going on for four years now, and there's a lot of ground to cover. of course, they have to be careful that they lay out the reasoning behind the verdict, very succinctly and thoroughly before delivering a verdict. possibly he may deliver them today, that's what he's been told. it is likely that they may spill into tomorrow. >> thank you. >> libya's ambassador to the u.n. warned that the country is teetering on the edge of a full-blown civil war. the government is powerless to
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stop the conflict between rival militias. we have this report now from u.n. headquarters in new york. >> those in favour of the draft resolution, please raise their hand. >> reacting to what the u.n. describes as unprecedented confrontations, the security council strengthens them op wednesday. the resolution requires nations to get the approval of a sanctions committee before transferring arms or arms related material into the country. the u.n. ambassador says the country needs help. >> the situation since 13 july has become more complicated and threatens a war if not dealt
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with. >> the security council called on countries to support the political process, not military activities, amid reports that egypt and the united arab emirates have launched air strikes. >> the rivalries - it reflects themselves, that there certain countries that support one group, and others support the other. i think they should be discouraged. and encouraged to be more supportive of dialogue, compromise, and a political compromise between the two factions. the u.n. secretary-general is studying ways. one do be a stabilization. libyans must overcome their problems first. now, israel's prime minister warned hamas against breaching the ceasefire in gaza, saying that israel would respond more
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vigorously to what it described as a sprinkle of rocket fire. the truce was formed on tuesday after an israeli assault lasted seven weeks, leaving more than 2,000 dead. turkey's outgoing prime minister recep tayyip erdogan is to be sworn in as president. he won the first direct presidential elections this month. he is expected to bring in constitutional reforms, giving himself executive powers as president. the foreign minister will replace him as prime minister. >> now, al jazeera continues to demand the release of three journalists gaoled in egypt. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have now been in gaol for 243 days. they were wrongly accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. in june peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed and peter greste were given year
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sentences, mohammed badr got an extra three years on top because he had a spent bullet on him, picked up at a protest. >> the ukraine is accusing russia of sending more soldiers and equipment across the border to support separatist fighters. government forces have been trying to regain control of the eastern city of donetsk. this building in the city was hit by shell fire on wednesday. and the fighting comes a day after the leaders of russia and ukraine met in the belarussian capital without a sign of a breakthrough, the u.n. says 2,000 people so far have been killed. >> we have a lot more to come at al jazeera, including u.s. gunlaws under scrutiny after a 9-year-old girl shoots dead her instructor. >> i'm phil lavelle in venice, where the world's oldest film festival is getting under way. the question - who will take the
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top prize, the golden lion in 10 days time. p
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let's have a look at the top stories - heath ministers from across west africa are due to meet in ghana to talk about their response to what is the world's worst ever ebola outbreak. more than 2,500 have died. health officials warn that the worst is yet to come. libya's ambassador warns the u.n. of a full-blown civil war
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if violence continues unabated. the u.n. security council agreed to impose sanctions on those supporting militia groups. america's gun culture is in the spotlight after a 9-year-old girl shot and killed her instructor at an arizona range. she was shown how to fire a weapon, but lost control when it was switched to automatic. jennifer london reports from los angeles. >> bring this forward. just like that. >> this cell phone video showing a 9-year-old girl firing a fully automatic oozy at a gun range tells part of the story. >> give me one shot. >> what it doesn't show, moments later the powerful kickback causes the gun to lurch up and to the left. the instructor is standing to the side. he is shot several times and killed. >> it made everyone more alert,
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certainly. >> reporter: it raises a lot of questions - why would a child who may not be physically strong enough to control a weapon be allowed to fire one. bob irwin is owner of a gun shop nearby, an investigation into leading machine gun tourism - and said the girl is within the ranges, age requirement of 8 years old and feels what happened in the arizona desert is unusual. >> i have been at this for 40 years, we've had a machine-gun range, and i have never heard of any of this. >> it has happened before. in 2008 at a gun expo in massachusetts, an 8-year-old killed himself while shooting an oozy. federal law banned the sale of weapons to the public. collectors and others are allowed to have machine-guns made before them. california's gun laws are
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tougher, you won't find an oozy at a gun range here. firearms instructor is one of a handful of people in california, licensed to possess and operate an oozy. >> this is a micro oozy, it is a smaller version of the small size. keep your index there, put four fingers on the trigger guard. >> block uses a smaller handgun and a training simulator. >> i'm firing this a few times. this is really heavy. >> yes, it's light compared to the oozy. the oozy is heavier. >> the oozy has a large grip, making is hard for small hands to grasp. >> can you see a reason why a child should be handling this kind of weapon? >> not really. i'm full automatics are hard to shoot. they rise up and to the left.
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unless you have someone with weight and upper body strength, it's possible to control it. >> as this young girl on vacation learned too late. >> well, my colleagues darren jordan has been speaking to david burn et, a member of the pro-gun lobby. >> well, i think that if you allow children to exercise their curiosity about firearms in a controlled environment with licensed and certified instructors, they are present to make sure you are safe. that makes them less likely to engage in accidental shootings than if they find a firearm at a friend's house, it's a terrible tragedy and thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both persons. these incidents are rare. and they do allow us to have this dialogue, but they are rare
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enough that they are not necessarily so common that we can immediately decide no children should access fires in a safe supporting manner. >> you are advocates of the right to bear arms. >> what is the logic behind a 9-year-old firing an oozy submarine gun. when would she be required, as a 9-year-old girl, to use a gun like that, and what is she protecting herself from. >> i don't think self-defence or any kind of functionality or utility are in play here. i think the young lady in question was on vacation with her parents and whatever reason they decided to go to the shooting range and engage in the experience. i have never fired a fully automatic firearm. it's not something legal or accessible to the vast majority of the public, and is not the kind of weapon that is surrounding the argument about self-defence. this is a separate issue, where this young girl wanted to have
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some fun with her family, no different to a roller-coaster, or going kayaking or any kind of dangerous... >> this is not the same as going kayaking. it raises a question as to why parents would a lou her to handle a submachine-gun. shouldn't this be about safety. you see the conditions are contrived to be as safe as they were. they engage in 4 h shooting camps. obviously something went wrong here. it's hard to say - i can't point to an instructor and say he clearly made a mistake and slipped up. clearly something went terribly wrong. it allows us to have this conversation. should children be able to handle firearms like that on the range. obviously the shooting range was able to assume the liability that that may happen. that should be up to the parent.
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children are not allowed to handle firearms like that on the streets. you have to be 18 before you can own a firearm in the united states, and a handgun. it's not a case where children are running rampant with oozies in the street. >> inevitably we were looking at another shooting in america. this time a tv crew member killed by a policeman while filming the reality show "cops." bryce dejob was reporting an armed robbery, he was hit by a stray bullet. it found a gap in his bulletproof vest. the robbery suspect died at a shoot-out, which happened at a fast-food restaurant in it omaha. australia and malaysia signed an agreement to strengthen their cooperation in the search for missing malaysian airliner mh370. the flight with 239 on board
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reared off course on march the 8th. and it's believed to have crashed in the indian o, far off the -- indian ocean, far off the west coast of australia. a dutch contractor has been hired to conduct a search. >> australia national airline posted the biggest financial loss in its history. qantas said restructuring was behind the $256 billion profit plunge. the carrier says the worst is behind it, and a foreign investor is expected to step in to revive the international arm. live to rob mcbride in kuala lumpur, we have two plane stories, first qantas, what are they doing wrong at qantas? >> these are awful figures, part of the problem is a write-down in the value of the international fleet in the
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figures. it's a one-off event. but the airline admits they are terrible figures, and the loss is twice as much as some. the airline points to a number of factors, which is the increased fuel cost. and increased domestic competition. that's where qantas makes the profits and is having problems competing with upstart, low-cost carriers coming on stream in australia. and part of the losses contributed to the restructuring. as you mentioned, it identified 5,000 jobs that will go and 2,500 redundancies are reflected in the loss, losses that the airline says will not be there next year, and it is predicting by next year it will be in profit. >> it talks of there being a foreign investor on the hzion, do we -- horizon, do we know
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about that. >> equipment has an international tie-in with emirates, which they hope will be a game changer. it points to the growing significance of the middle east gulf airlines on the long-haul roots twine australasian and europe. they are routes with overcapacity at the moment, and emirates is a strong ali to have on the routes. they are looking to have more investment in the international fleet. they are hiving international from domestic, and with a change in the law in australia, it will allow qantas to seek big investment in upgrading their international plead, which has been pointed to as one of their big problems. to she believe in years to come this - having the tie-in with emirates and getting foreign investment will change the game for them. >> all right.
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thank you very much. >> now, hundreds of people have been detained by the army and police no thailand since martial law was detained. military rulers insist that all detainees were treated with respect. prisoners are denied basic human rites. we have more from bangkok. >> this woman is trying to see her son. this is thailand's crime suppression division headquarters. split told her a few days ago her son is here, she can see him. she is uneasy and contacted a group called thai lawyers for human rights which provide legal aid for those detained by the ruling military council. they were turned away. i asked if they new where she was. >> she was informed by the police that he was brought to the police station here. >> reporter: but you are not sure. >> we are not sure, that's why
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we tried to shake done, and we called. last time mother follow up so many place to find him. she went to the central prison, the police station and here to try to find hip, but she couldn't. >> reporter: she has not had legal advice yet. police say her son was involved in violence against anti-government demonstrators. the military provided video of the conditions where the detainees are held, saying they are treated well, you'll hoping human rights. the thai lawyers for human rights say hundreds of people have been summoned, detained and arrested. they don't have exact numbers, because there are a handful of lawyers trying to monitor the swags. her mother prays at the temple for her son. the human rights lawyers say detainees described local advice and political activities.
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they are not told when they'll be released and not allowed to contact family and friends. >> translation: i feel sorry and dismayed that i may not be able to help my son. i don't know how to fight, and we have no money to higher people. i'm not act help him. >> she's a helper and single mother. her son is all the family she has. >> the venice film festival is under way. phil lavelle is our man there. >> reporter: sun is out, stars are too, especially those trying to revive struggling careers in venice. case in point, michael keaton, his career is not lifeless, his characters is "birdman" is the tail of an actor who was a super hero and struggles to get past that past. this is the crowd puller.
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the winner, depending on what the jury thinks. anything could be the subject of a movie here at the venice film festival. and even the traffic. i'm not joking, that is what the winning film was about, a busy road. it seemingly came from nowhere, swooping under the critics noses and took the big prize, the golden lion on the last night. that is one of the things about the venice film festival. it has the red carpet. the tradition, but beneath the veneer is a fondness for edgy films, cinema that challenges the norms. supporters say it is that variety that makes that festival not 71 years old, but 71 years young. nevertheless, there are things that come up again and again. war is one of them. we have lee marshal from screen international. why is this popular?
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>> well, screen writers need conflict to make good dramas, and where better to go than a war zone to find them. it's a continuing trend that i don't thing will stop soon. >> let's talk about the jury, it's a big mix. what things would excite that. >> difficult to second-guess, because as you say, it is a mixed bag this year. we have an indian writer, french music composer, it could go any way this year. >> i know critics don't like to be tied down. give us a hint. who do you think may take the golden lion. >> a documentary won. there's another in competition. a look of silence, a follow up to a documentary, the act of killing. in the mid'60s. i put my money on that. that's what they'll take home, the golden lion. the clock is ticking, the film world watching. it will be a busy, exciting
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10 days here. phil lavelle, al jazeera at the venice film vest fall. >> find out more about the day's news on the al jazeera website. aljazeera.com. you can find out more about what is going on in venice, where 19 films are premiering. you weren't thinking about the import-export bank. it's a small government agency that tells you blendy about how government works in 2014, and it's the inside story.
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